Year 14, Book 33

33. We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America by D. Watkins

Watkins continues to share his stories of growing up in a poor neighborhood in East Baltimore as he did in The Cook Up and The Beast Side. He speaks about his experiences moving between that world and that of the elite society he has been invited into based on the success of his books and essays in The Atlantic. He pushes for the actual people who are living the poor, black experience to be given a voice to speak for themselves rather than requiring whites and black elites who have never lived through these things to speak for them. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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